FreeBSD live USB stick

David Christensen dpchrist at
Sat Apr 25 18:01:30 UTC 2020

On 2020-04-25 08:03, Ralf Mardorf via freebsd-questions wrote:
> Hi,
> I want to have FreeBSD on a 32 GB USB 3.0 stick. Since I'm an openbox
> user NomadBSD [1] looks promising to me. Any opinions or hints?
> Regards,
> Ralf
> [1]

I have installed FreeBSD onto SanDisk Ultra Fit 16 GB USB 3.0 flash 
drives.  I like these for their compact form factor, which reduces the 
chance of mechanical damage to the drive and/or port/ motherboard. 
However, they run hot, they are not a good choice for high-endurance 
applications (I cooked a 128 GB model using it for Time Machine backups 
in a MacBook Pro), and write performance is an obvious limitation when 
running a graphical desktop.  I have experienced problems with both 
FreeBSD and Linux when using these drives in USB 3.0 ports, but not with 
USB 2.0 ports.


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